Who Would Jesus Vote For?

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Who would Jesus vote for? This is a common refrain among conservative and liberal Christians alike. The short answer is: I don’t think we can put a political sign up in Jesus’ yard just yet. I think it would be pretty unfair to align Jesus with our own institutions and force Him to be a puppet in our democracy when He didn’t even bother with politics during His own lifetime. Jesus was pretty clear. He respected government, and wanted us to respect government in turn. What Jesus promoted was forward thinking toward His own spiritual reign, so quite honestly, I’m sure He would scoff at 21st century arguments on whether He would cast a vote for Trump or Hillary.

I think, though, there is actually a way to take a stand and apply Jesus principals to our lives today without spouting that “Jesus wants America great again,” or that “Jesus is with her.” (But, would Jesus really have supported a tax-avoidant, racist, demagogue? I digress.) We skirt a risky line by cherry-picking passages that promote Jesus as either a capitalist or socialist, too. It’s safe to say that no candidate will ever fit Christ’s exact ideals because we are all human. But it’s what we choose to do with the political climate we are given that is crucial.

Let’s take a few of Jesus’ stories for example. When the prodigal son came home, he was still given his part of the inheritance (much to the disdain of the brother who had been doing everything right for his whole life) When the the vineyard owner gave his workers all the same wage (the ones who had toiled all day, and those who had been there for only a few hours,) the laborers definitely moaned and groaned. The goody-goody, always-played-by-the-rules, person inside us all wants to kick and scream and shout “unfair!” But when is God’s benevolence ever deserved? Jesus said to the criminal who hung beside Him on the cross “today you’ll be with me in paradise.” Talk about last minute. Does the criminal get less love, grace, and mercy simply because his realizations were later in life? God’s grace is sufficient for all. It’s not measured out based on our shortcomings or what we are able to offer.

All that said, it obvious that Jesus’ teachings promote a more inclusive and progressive policy of living while refuting excess. Take John’s statement in Luke for example: John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” Albeit promotion for minimalism or democratic socialism, statements and stories like these are based solely on the idea of socialism being volunteered and not mandated. But may I remind you that the vineyard laborers all received, what proved at that time in history to be, a living wage. What would be so awful about institutions promoting justice, equality, and fairness? We obviously aren’t doing our part to see that those less fortunate are fully taken care of. Let your mind wander to the ideals I wish would align with our political scene.

Until that happens, live the stories Jesus taught. Because, at the end of the day, religion and politics are oftentimes like oil and water. There are too many sects, too many opinions, too many disagreements. Until then, make a nice vinaigrette with it all, and live like Jesus. And don’t be afraid to admit that He was a pretty liberal dude.

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6 thoughts on “Who Would Jesus Vote For?

  1. Liberal. Never in my wildest dreams. There are other issues I never dreamed but…
    I don’t believe you are qualified to discuss this topic when you don’t believe in Christianity in its true form. “Progressive Christianity” is an idea made by ppl who wish to change their beliefs to suit their sin/lifestyle. Christianity is not progressive. It does not change. It takes a lot of conviction and strength to stay committed but you can’t just change it when you can’t stick with it.
    Btw…Trump did not evade paying taxes. He took a nearly one billion dollar loss and it is a write off for up to 18 years. Your dad would have to do the same thing if he incurred a loss one year. It’s called a deduction. You take yours too.

    1. True. The Gospel is unchanging, but the religion of Christianity has been changing throughout history- customs, practices, etc. Read virtually any book on the history of Christianity, and you’ll see it going through eras categorized by believer’s proximity to Jesus. Firsthand belief turned to faith, faith to spirituality.. There are Catholic priests, methodists with divinity degrees, you name it (i can give you a reading list to be informed) Our religion is changing but the core of it (the gospel) is not, I agree. Cultural and historical trends have always expedited the transformation of religion.

      “Every 500 years, the Church goes through a rummage sale, and cleans out the old forms of spirituality and replaces it with new ones. This does not mean that previous forms become obsolete or invalid. It simply means they lose pride of place as the dominant form of Christianity. Constantine in the late 4th century, early 5th, the Great Schism of the 11th century, the Reformation in the 16th century, and now the Postmodern era in the 21st century have all been points of reference for these changes.
      What is giving way right now is Protestantism, in the form that we know it, and what is emerging is a new form of Christianity, what she is calling “The Great Emergence.” One can only guess whether or not it is tribal form, an individualistic form, a social form, or a combination of all of them. But, what we can say is that Protestantism in all its denominational forms is losing influence and is giving way to alternative forms of Christian expression.”

      About Trump: I actually had an accountant explain that tax issue to me, and I totally get the legitimacy of that. If only I had waited a couple days to post my blog and written about him as a female-demeaning, groping monster.

      1. Sorry. I don’t buy it. And…
        Trump is not a monster. You need to research him as much as you’ve researched ways to make your religion condone homosexuality.
        I could research enough to prove you wrong if I cared.
        Remember, the sin in your life that needs repentance could be the one you are most defensive about.
        Not to mention the animosity towards your mother because of your choices.
        Stay where you are. You seem happy. Different than the kid I once knew, but happy.
        Your research, and the ability to spit it back at me, disappoints me more than impressed me.
        I use to be proud of everything you wrote.

      2. Also…the phrase “alternative forms of Christian expression” should scare you.
        Face it, Meredith, the emergence is this; when certain sin becomes a little more mainstream and socially acceptable, certain groups of people want to change Christianity from its true form. It’s obvious by how much work you’ve put in and flowery language you use to make yourself believable.
        Truth is, I’ve lost my child. It hurts deeply for me to know these things about you.

  2. Wish I could remember everything for one reply but….as far as changes every 500 years and now more often, btw, you ever wonder if God has allowed all these changes over the years to weed out the ones that can’t hang? Just a thought.

    1. I’m sorry for the last post. That was a stretch. I don’t mind admitting when I’m wrong. You were baptized in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Sealed.

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